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Jesse Hidalgo

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

By | Communication, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Treatment, News, Research, Signs & Symptoms | No Comments

Did you know that May is Better Hearing and Speech Month? Every year, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (also known as ASHA) raises awareness around hearing and speech issues with a month-long campaign of education and outreach. Here at Hearing Group we’re always eager to share Better Hearing and Speech Month with our community. Won’t you join us this May to get a deeper understanding of hearing issues? Communication Across the Lifespan This year, Better Hearing and Speech Month is designed around the theme of “Communication Across the Lifespan”. ASHA has developed focused material that tackles the challenges of hearing loss…

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Weather Preparedness Tips for People with Hearing Loss

Weather Preparedness Tips for People with Hearing Loss

By | Emergency Preparation, Hearing Aids, Hearing Devices, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Tips & Tricks, Weather Preparation | No Comments

From hurricanes and tornadoes to blizzards and heat waves, extreme weather can be deadly. Storms can arise suddenly and an important part of staying safe is being prepared. If you have hearing loss, emergency preparedness has a few extra challenges to make sure you stay on top of information and can communicate with others, even when the going gets rough. Get Smart Alerts Alternative alarm and alert systems exist for people with hearing loss, some as close as your pocket. People with hearing loss have long relied on vibrating alarm products that alert you to danger even when you may…

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Why You Should Avoid Cleaning Your Ears with Cotton Swabs

Why You Should Avoid Cleaning Your Ears with Cotton Swabs

By | Ear Health, Ear Wax, News, Research, Tips & Tricks | No Comments

Most of us grew up cleaning our ears with cotton swabs (better known as Q-tips) and taught our children to clean their ears the same way. New research has unveiled that there are a lot of deep rooted and serious risks with cleaning our ears in this way. It is important to understand the dangers of using Q-tips to clean out our ears, and also learn new techniques to ensure our ears are clean and healthy, without exposing ourselves to potential risks in the process. Why Ear Wax is Important While we consider it “gross”, ear wax is actually really…

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Myths about Hearing Aids

Myths about Hearing Aids

By | Hearing Aid Technology, Hearing Aids, Research, Resource | No Comments

At the root, hearing aids are simply another piece of modern, advanced technology that exist to help people better navigate and fully enjoy their lives. However, unlike tablets, smartphones or Bluetooth, hearing aids seem to be shrouded in unnecessary mystery and mystique. The following myths are as common as they are untrue. You may have heard some of the following, however, please do not believe them! Myth #1: Hearing aids are only for old people, and I will be seen as “older” if I wear them. Especially now with the rise of noisy leisure activities and the constant access to…

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A Link Between Stress and Hearing Loss

A Link Between Stress and Hearing Loss

By | Health, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Prevention, Mental Health, Research, Stress, Tips & Tricks | No Comments

Stress has long been a chronic issue, however, in our fast-paced, modern-day lifestyle, people are more stressed than ever before. Stress has the potential to cause many debilitating conditions, and hearing loss is just one condition on that long laundry list of issues that could potentially be caused our worsened by chronic stress. What is Stress? Stress, as it was intended to be experienced, is actually an important and sometimes life-saving aspect of the human condition. Often coined the “fight or flight” response, stress helps us to quickly determine how to handle a potentially dangerous or threatening situation. It helps…

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Symptoms of Memory Loss Could Actually Be Hearing Loss

Symptoms of Memory Loss Could Actually Be Hearing Loss

By | Brain Health, Cognitive Health, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, News, Research, Signs & Symptoms | No Comments

More and more research shows a connection between hearing loss and cognitive issues like memory loss. Hearing loss has been shown to create a series of stresses on our cognitive functioning that may encourage the development of serious health issues like dementia. Now, a new study is coming forward that reveals how some of the signs of dementia may actually be signs of untreated hearing loss. Hearing loss and dementia are two vastly different conditions, but surprisingly the signs of one may be confused with the signs of the other. Being unable to retain and organize information, a perceived lack…

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4 Ways to Protect Your Hearing

4 Ways to Protect Your Hearing

By | Hearing Health, Hearing Loss Prevention, Hearing Protection, Tips & Tricks | No Comments

Hearing loss is the third most common chronic medical condition in the U.S., where over 45 million people have significant hearing impairment. Most hearing loss is permanent, meaning that while hearing loss can be effectively treated, noise-induced hearing loss cannot be completely restored. Fortunately, there are preventative measures that can be taken to reduce your risk of hearing loss. The leading cause of hearing loss is due to exposure to dangerous levels of noise. Our world is loud – and getting louder, and exposure to loud noise can cause irreversible damage to the auditory system. While it can be hard…

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Celebrate with a Hearing Test!

March 3 is World Hearing Day – Celebrate with a Hearing Test!

By | Health, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Testing, News | No Comments

At Hearing Group, we’ve got our calendars marked for March 3rd, when we observe World Hearing Day. World Hearing Day is a collective effort to raise education, awareness and access to hearing healthcare, started by the World Health Organization. This year, World Hearing Day is focusing on an important step in maintaining your hearing – getting a hearing test. Hearing exams are simple and non-intrusive but many people procrastinate about scheduling their next checkup. On average, people wait seven years between when they first notice a hearing issue and when they get it examined. While hearing loss often occurs gradually…

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Tips for Better Communication with People with Hearing Loss

Tips for Better Communication with People with Hearing Loss

By | Communication, Friends & Family, Hearing Loss, Tips & Tricks | No Comments

Is there someone close to you with hearing loss? Odds are, yes! With over 40 million Americans managing significant hearing loss, that person could be a friend, neighbor, coworker or family member. People with hearing loss face significant challenges to how they comprehend speech and navigate communication. The good news is, when you help make communication easier for someone with hearing loss, everyone benefits. Get Their Perspective How do you start considering the hearing needs of others? To start, just ask! If someone is struggling to keep up with a conversation, ask them what would help improve their hearing in…

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Noise Exposure and Musicians

Noise Exposure and Musicians

By | Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Prevention, Hearing Protection, Music | No Comments

Go to any factory floor, machinist shop, food processing plant, or airport tarmac and you’ll see workers sporting significant hearing protection to shelter their ears from excess noise. The chance of sighting hearing protection is much less likely, however, when you observe musicians at work – despite the fact their occupation puts them at significant risk for hearing loss. Noise induced hearing loss in musicians is a double blow, potentially limiting their ability to work. Luckily, through education and outreach, paired with innovative sound protection, more and more sectors of the music industry are waking up to the reality of…

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